"I get great satisfaction from answering
people's health-care questions in language they can understand," says
Dr. Cohen, who has worked with NetWellness for about five years and
answered nearly 250 questions.
Started by UC in 1995 with a grant from
the U.S. Department of Commerce, the nonprofit NetWellness site is now
run jointly by UC, Ohio State University and Case Western Reserve
Health care faculty from the three
universities provide the answers for the NetWellness "Ask an Expert"
service, which receives from 75 to 150 questions and adds over 100 news
pages of information a week on hundreds of different health topics.
One reason for the increasing nationwide
popularity of the service, says Steve Marine, NetWellness program
director, is that users know the answers they receive from such
respected sources as UC's Academic Health Center, Ohio State and Case
Western Reserve are high quality and unbiased.
"And compared with some other online
health sites," Marine says, "NetWellness is more personalized and
directly addresses an individual's questions."